5 Beauty Products You Can Make Using Coconut Oil

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Even people who are very choosy about what they eat don’t always think about what they are putting on their skin or in their hair for beauty treatments. Yet commercial beauty products are also full of harmful chemicals, many of which can be absorbed into the skin. There are, however, options for beautifying naturally just as there are for eating naturally. Below are 5 all-natural beauty products made from coconut oil.

Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is excellent for removing makeup at the end of the day. Simply apply it to the fingertips and rub it gently on the face and around the eyes, then wipe away with a cloth. It will leave the skin fresh and clean while also keeping it moisturized and soft.

Natural Deodorant
Most commercial brands of deodorant – even some that claim to be “all natural” – contain aluminum, and this has been linked to some forms of cancer. Fortunately, a homemade deodorant is easy to make by combining 2 parts baking soda and 2 parts cornstarch to one part coconut oil. The baking soda takes care of odor, the cornstarch keeps the armpits area dry and the coconut oil leaves it hydrated. Essential oils can be added for scent if desired.

Toothpaste
Making homemade toothpaste is simple as well by just mixing together equal parts coconut oil and baking soda with a few drops of essential oil of peppermint added for extra freshness. Baking soda is one of the best natural whiteners and is very good for overall oral health and the peppermint oil takes care of breath odors. Make sure to rinse the sink out after brushing, however, as coconut is solid at room temperature.

Shaving Oil
Shaving can sometimes leave skin with irritated red bumps or even minor bleeding. If this is a problem, consider using coconut oil as a shaving oil. To use, rub it liberally onto the skin, then shave as normal with a regular razor. It will moisturize and hydrate the skin and reduce the chance of irritation, leaving the legs soft and smooth.

Body Butter
For skin that has been dried out from warmth or sun exposure, a body butter made from coconut oil is a positively decadent way to moisturize it. While the coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin to hydrate it, making a butter by adding a favorite essential oil and whisking it into a light froth can really make for an indulgent after-shower treat for the skin!

Natural beauty treatments for the skin, hair and face can help avoid contact with some of the harsh – and even dangerous – chemicals that unfortunately are common ingredients in many commercial beauty products, and because DIY products are nearly always cheaper, it can save a lot of money as well.

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  • Maz

    Hi Mike, you did not put a recipe for body butter. Will definitely make the others. Thanks for all your wonderful help and stories….

    • Taleda

      Maz, I make body & bath products so here's a little more info and then a quickie recipe: First there are several types of CO, from Virgin – eat, cook with, smells and tastes of coconut (don't use for body products as it will go rancid), to CO 76 & 92 meaning their melt points; 76 is typically always liquid, 92 (hydrogenated) might be solid and stay solid if under 92 degrees. Here in Vegas, unless its Winter, mine is always liquid lol Most of us crafters use 76 (1yr shelf life), 92 or Fractionated – I use Fractionated mostly – indefinite shelf life, non-staining, fast absorption, zero greasy skin. Fractionated is awesomely versatile: used in lotions, lip applications, cosmetics, creams, bath oils, massage oils, bath salts, and soap, pretty much anything body & bath. 76, 92 and Fractionated have zero ordor and taste. But I wouldn't cook with them. I'd go for Virgin, but that's just me.
      The thing is, making a body "butter" with just CO is an oxymoron as it is liquid not "solid" like a true body butter. You'll have to add something or somethings to CO for it to be a "body butter". Most of us will add Shea Butter or Mango, or Kokum or illipe … solid butters to begin with. The absolute best basic easy recipe will involve a hand mixer or stand mixer. Going by just hand blending is killer. So here it is:
      10oz Shea Butter
      6oz Coconut Oil
      2 tsp Tapioca Starch or Arrowroot Powder (cuts the greasy skin feeling)
      .5 oz essential oil or phthalate free premium aroma oil
      Melt the Shea and Oil together, slowly over very low heat. Right before the shea is completely melted, remove from stove and stir until dissolved. Pour into mixer bowl. Blend blend blend – place in freezer for 5min increments – in the freezer, out, blend blend blend, in the freezer, out and so forth until everything starts to look a bit creamy. Add your starch or powder, blend blend blend etc etc etc. When it looks like mashed potatoes, add your aroma oil. Then blend blend blend, freeze etc until you get a very super creamy very thick body butter.
      Google, Image, DIY body butter and a ton of pics will pop up to show you end result. Also, Google DIY body butter receipes and you will have a blast! I hope this gets posted as its taken me about 1hr to write! I'm Taleda owner/crafter of Bliss Body & Bath … btw!

  • Sylvie

    Hasn't baking powder got Aluminum in it ?
    And that's the bad guy as far as deodorant is concerned!

    • Yeah the baking powder got the aluminum is it. I love the fragrance of it. Thanks

  • There IS aluminium in your standard baking soda… that you'd find at the supermarket. There are numerous companies that make organic baking soda that is aluminium free. You can find them at any health food store, or even in the health food section at most larger grocery providers.

    As for the coconut oil, aside from these 5 beauty uses, there are tons of other uses that I use coconut oil for everyday. Read more: http://iodineresource.com/100-coconut-oil-uses/

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